Parola Park

Also known as Pressing Park named after the wife of former Mayor Loreto Urieta during his term. This park’s foremost attraction is a historic watchtower which allowed the natives to prey on Muslim vintas. Round the clock watchers and defenders stationed thereat signal or warn the people to hide while launching volleys of cannon fires to defend the town. Located in Lumang Bayan at Sablayan, it was erected in 1861. In 1896 it was equipped with bells to warn residents of impending raids. Later, a church was built which withstood the elements for ten brief years, but which is now in ruins. A cannon used to defend the town is all that stands at a promontory to remind generations of its past. Today, a lighthouse and old cannon could still be found there. The park offers the best sunset view in town. It can be reached in 3 hours from the San Jose airport by bus.

overlooking of Pandan Island from Parola Park

Parola Park

New Lighthouse

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Occidental Mindoro

Known as “Marine Wonderland,” the fantastic land that is Occidental Mindoro is endowed with marine beauty from its virgin forests, beautiful white sand beaches, islands and islets rich in marine life, coral gardens, mysterious caves, and cascading waterfalls.

It has one of the country’s wondrous secret hideaways, the Apo Reef, which is regarded as the second largest in the world. This 34-kilometer reef in Sablayan, which is located in Apo Island, is acclaimed as the best in Asia and as the diving mecca of the Philippines. The Apo Reef Marine Park includes the fascinating bird-populated islands of Binangaan and Cajos del Bajo, which are surrounded by waters with over 500 species of marine life and luxuriant coral growth represented by approximately 400 to 500 kaleidoscopic coral species.

Mt. Iglit in San Jose is a game sanctuary for the tamaraw, a wild animal found nowhere else in the world, bearing a resemblance to the Philippine buffalo, commonly known as carabao. Mamburao boasts of an elongated strip of beach with natural and rustic surroundings. In Lumang Bayan, Sablayan, a five-hectare park overlooking the sea, known as Presing Park, is frequented by promenaders.

Occidental Mindoro is a diving paradise with so much to offer divers out to discover several unexplored shoals and atolls. The areas around Ambulong Island, Ilin Island, White Island, and Pandan Grande offer a fertile diving ground surrounded by exquisite coral reefs and colorful marine life, ranging from exotic fish to exquisite seashells.

Every 25th to 27th of April, residents of San Jose celebrate the Saknungan, a 3-day thanksgiving festival highlighted by streetdances and parades. Saknungan is a Mangyan term which means “”bayanihan”” or the spirit of cooperation, brotherhood, and unity at work – the spirit portrayed by the Mindoreños day-to-day, especially during the planting and the harvesting seasons.


Things to Do and see in Occidental Mindoro

Apo Reef National Park (Apo Island, Sablayan; 3 hours by pumpboat from the capital to Sablayan)
One of the dive sites frequented by most divers in Occidental Mindoro is the Apo Reef. It is acclaimed as the best in Asia, and as the diving mecca of the Philippines. It is a 34-kilometer reef, located 20 miles west of Mindoro proper, with a narrow channel running east to west, dividing this reef into two lagoon systems, north and south. Underneath, the clean waters, fine white sand, and numerous corals are visible.
The Apo Reef Marine Park includes the fascinating bird-populated islands of Binangaan and Caios del Bajo, which have a variety of birds that can irresistibly lure birdwatchers. The surrounding waters are abundant with marine fauna and luxuriant coral growth represented by approximately 400-500 kaleidoscopic coral species. Marine life includes varieties of sharks, stingrays, and manta ray

Pandan Island (Sablayan; 15 minutes by pumpboat from Sablayan port)
Pandan Grande Island is a 30-hectare islet surrounded by a white sand beach and is also the site of a 20-room divers’ lodge made of native cottages. This beautiful little coral islet is located with snorkelling distance from a submarine drop-off, inhabited by schools of reef. A yacht ride may be taken to the island.


Special Interest

Deep Sea Scuba Diving

Go for a dive and savor the panorama of your life, with a breathtaking view of the world’s second largest coral reef, schools of fish in shoals and atolls, and sunken vessel sites. Take pride in the precious marine heritage of the Philippine republic.

Swimming and Snorkeling

These are pleasures which fit the affordability level of the average tourist, local or foreign. The waters of Mindoro Occidental are pristine and pure, unvisited as most of its shores in comparison to more popular ones.
Sightseeing. Pay exciting visits via island hopping to conversation sites, natural parks, reservation areas, and animal sanctuaries, notably the wildlife reserves covering the endangered tamaraw species.

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Museo De Rosendo Mejica, Iloilo

Rosendo Mejica is a famous essayist-journalist during the Japanese regime. He founded the Makinaugalingon Press in Iloilo City that stresses the awareness and educates Filipino of the Hiligaynon Literature.

The Philippine government built the Museo de Rosendo Mejica to display valuable memorabilia, facts about the social and cultural literature of the Hiligaynon and the English & Spanish literature dating from the last quarter of the 19th century up to the 6th decade of the 20th century.

This museum located in Molo, Iloilo City also showcases the furniture’s, household objects and other memorabilia of the Mejica family.

Address: 251 Lopez Jaena St., Baluarte Molo Iloilo City, Iloilo, Western Visayas
Open Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Monday to Friday)

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Explore Mt. Pinatubo

Travel Dates:

February 21/ April 18/ May 23/ June 20

Rates:

P1,900 per person(local rate)
P2,500 per person(foreigners rate)
Available slots: 24 persons/ per date

Deadline of confirmation:

February 21- February 13 ( Friday)
April 18- April 10 (Friday)
May 23- May 15 (Friday)
June 20- June 12 (Friday)

Package inclusions:

Roundtrip aircon transfers from Metro Manila
4×4 vehicle and driver
All permits and fees
Local mountain guide
Use of life vests
Skyway/shortcut fee
Toll fees and gas
Travel coordinator

Meeting time and place:
1) 5:15AM Makati- KFC, Caltex Station at the corner of Buendia and Pasong Tamo
2) 5:45AM Quezon City- Mcdonalds, Quezon Avenue cor EDSA

Itinerary
Time Activity
6:00 AM   departure for Tarlac
7:30 AM  breakfast at Capas Town Proper; Jollibee
8:00 AM  depart for barangay hall
8:45 AM arrive at barangay hall
9:00 AM depart for Mt. Pinatubo via 4×4 vehicle
10:00 AM arrive at jump-off point for Mt. Pinatubo via skyway, start trek
11:15AM arrive at Mt. Pinatubo; lunch; swim in crater
1:30 PM start trek down
3:45 PM arrive at jump-off point for Mt. Pinatubo, depart for barangay hall
4:45 PM arrive at barangay hall, depart for Makati
7:00 PM arrive at Makati

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